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Eternity & A Day (1998)

 

Picture: C-†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C+†††† Film: B-

 

 

Theo Angelopoulos tries again ten years after Landscape In The Mist (reviewed elsewhere on this site) to tell another story of children traveling the world and how adults doing the same can be reduced (or enlightened) into the same state.However, Eternity & A Day is just not quite as effective.A popular Greek writer (Bruno Ganz, who excels when Wim Wenders is not around) knows his days are numbered from a terminal disease and is hoping to finish off his life with one last great day.This 130 minutes-long film takes its time seeing how he intends to carry this out.

 

Ganz has a way of making his character remain interesting and work throughout, which is what the film needs, though Angelopoulosí screenplay is very well thought out.It too wants to be poetry and succeeds surprisingly well.The film can be as writerly, though the child analog with an effective young actor (8 years old) has its limits.Also, the religious angle only goes so far, but this is supposed to be an examination of soul and spirit.He is enough of an auteur to repeat himself without a problem, but the best way to put it is nothing new was said on this plane.However, it is very ambitious and that is a victory in itself.

 

The letterboxed 1.66 X 1 image is shockingly poor for a recent filmed production, with a very problematic transfer and it is down to what looks like a bad analog transfer, which is why this is not anamorphically enhanced.Even having two cinematographers is no excuse and an insult to two artists.The sound was the advanced analog Dolby SR (Spectral Recording) system, but the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo here has barely any surrounds.Extras include a 20+ minutes intro by Angelopoulos and film scholar Andrew Horton, extensive text poetry, four trailers for other New Yorker DVDs and a featurette on the director and an analysis of a shot from the film.Not bad, but the image quality gets in the way of what is achieved, but fans will sit through it until an HD version arrives.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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